Alex Spillius and Robert Winnett
July 17, 2010
Tony Blair visited Libya last month and met Colonel Muammar Gaddafi just days after denying he was an adviser to the country, it was disclosed last night.
Mr Blair was “treated like a brother” and discussed a wide range of subjects, a Libyan source said.
Since leaving Downing Street, the former prime minister has been advising firms including JP Morgan about investment opportunities in Libya.
On June 5 a spokesman for Mr Blair denied that the former prime minister was an adviser to the Libyan leader
A spokesman for Mr Blair confirmed the visit in Tripoli on June 10 but said Mr Blair “has no role whatsoever, paid or otherwise, with the Libyan government or the Libyan Investment Authority”.
The disclosure of his visit threatens to overshadow David Cameron’s first visit to Washington as Prime Minister next week when he is to reiterate that BP’s Libyan oil contracts were not behind the release of Abdulbaset al-Megrahi.
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